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President hits new low as Obamacare discontent grows

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President Obama hit an all-time low in a poll released Tuesday, with just 39 percent approving of his job performance and a majority of Americans saying he is “not honest and trustworthy.”

The national survey from Quinnipiac University represents Obama's lowest approval rating since becoming president in 2008.

Just as troublesome for the White House, 52 percent of respondents say Obama is no longer honest and trustworthy — the lowest-ever measure of his veracity by Quinnipiac.

Obama’s approval ratings — and perceptions of his trustworthiness — have taken a hit in the wake of his broken promise that all Americans could keep their insurance plans under Obamacare. The problem-ridden healthcare.gov website continues to weigh on the White House as well.

The survey was chock full of bad news for Obama.

Women, long a bedrock of support for the president, disapprove of his job performance by a margin of 51 to 40 percent. And 63 percent of independent voters disapprove of the president near the end of his fifth year in office.

Voters oppose the Affordable Care Act by 55 percent to 39 percent, and 73 percent of respondents support extending the March deadline for obtaining health insurance or paying a fine. Just 36 percent back Obama’s overall handling of health care.

At the same time, 53 percent disapprove of Obama’s handling of foreign policy, 53 percent don't support his immigration blueprint, 62 percent disapprove of the president’s oversight of the federal budget, and lastly, 59 percent don't support Obama's handling of the economy.

“Any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble. And any elected official with an 8-point trust deficit is in serious trouble,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his presidency,” he added.

The Quinnipiac findings mirror other recent polls that have also shown Obama’s approval ratings hitting new lows.

Obama's rating hit its lowest point in two years in a Gallup daily tracking poll last week, with 39 percent approval to 53 percent disapproval.

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll also found the president underwater with a 42-51 negative split.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from Nov. 6 to 11 and has a 1.9 percent margin of error.

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